Hi there - just wondering how you're getting on with your rocker?
I'm intermediate to advanced in some skills, but still low in confidence at times, especially outdoors - so rockering has always terrified me.
Regardless, I decided to full rocker my Seba FRD's as I want to learn slalom as well as rec/fitness/speedskate. I know what everyone says about speed wobble - I agree, as I've had it both while doing fast laps at the rink and going downhill/fast on straights on roads.
What convinced me to do it was a mate who's also a member here (mozpowerlifter) - skates Seba Highs, loose cuffs, laced to the ankle, 76-80-80-76 rocker - and he keeps up (without really trying!) with the fastest inliners on flat 80mm hockey skates during the speed skating session at the rink. We skated together outdoors last weekend, me trying out my shiny new GT90s - and he blew me away on his rockered Highs! OK, I'm not particularly fast, and I'm not used to the GT's yet - but even so. That proved to me you can blast on rockered skates no problem. He was also stair-riding, backwards and forwards, and doing jumps etc, so that backed up what many have said on here about full rocker being OK for street skating.
I think it's a case of just skating the setup and developing the muscle memory for your balance. After 2 3-hour sessions at the rink on full rocker over the last 2 days, I put my GT90s on for some outdoor action today, and they felt bloody awful. After a while they felt better, and in fact I could really feel and appreciate the solidity/stability of the big wheels/long frames for going fast, but they still felt 'orrible...and putting the rockered FRDs back on was like coming home
. Already! Sticking with the rocker for a while yet methinks.
(Dodgy and tarty, if you read this...will you now forgive my quaddie infidelities?